Well, this is most excellent.
Alex Winter, who famously played Bill in the 1989 teen classic Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its 1991 sequel, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, gave fans a peek behind the scenes of the original Wednesday, after he found an old hard drive.
They show Winter and his co-star, Keanu Reeves, working on scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut of the film about two failing high school students who travel through time to find historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln and Socrates, for their school presentation. Winter described an “opening dance number,” which he specified was “yes an actual, choreographed rock jam,” and an opening scene in which the aspiring rockers encounter jocks at the school bus stop.
I found an old hard drive with a bunch of BTS shots from Bill & Ted 1. These are from the opening dance number (yes an actual, choreographed rock jam) and face off with the jocks at the bus stop that didn’t make it into the movie: pic.twitter.com/xFSSeVAzSy— Alex Winter (@Winter) February 19, 2020
Here's attempting to figure out air guitar for with Missy and Dad, and a bemused Reeves. pic.twitter.com/y5IZXf1Tke— Alex Winter (@Winter) February 19, 2020
Last one, little more of the bus stop jam and BTS shenanigans. pic.twitter.com/JBcOIMJddS— Alex Winter (@Winter) February 19, 2020
One notable shot Winter posted captures the guys playing air guitar, as they were known to do, with Reeves in the middle of a full-out leap.
Another featured late comedian George Carlin, who played Rufus, Bill and Ted’s guide in their time-hopping journey. Carlin died in 2008, at age 71.
Winter shared the photos ahead of the much-anticipated release of Bill and Ted Face the Music, the third flick in the franchise expected this summer.
After seeing the new images, fans suggested Winter and others create a full-fledged documentary, or at least an official oral history, about the making of Bill and Ted.
That's a most excellent bit of history you have there.— Reluctant Butter (@Reluctantbutter) February 19, 2020
So epic and most triumphant!!— Brad (@Bbindson) February 19, 2020
OMG the shot with Carlin is GOLD! Thanks for these :)— Andrew Hill (@HereInAndyland) February 19, 2020
These are awesome. Hope to someday read a full oral history of the original.— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) February 19, 2020
Awwww, the George Carlin hit hard. I’ve been kidding myself that it doesn’t matter that he won’t be ‘there’ but my heart says different.— Balinda Young (@balinda554) February 19, 2020
A Bill & Ted Documentary with loads of BTS stuff would be nice 😉🙂— Dennis The Menace (@Hedbang) February 19, 2020
And there could be a lot more scoop on the way for the movie’s devotees. Both Winter and Reeves will be back for the next sequel.
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